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Citizen Data Scientist (Position can be located anywhere in Canada)

Sector: Information Technology 

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Salary Range: $76087.66 to $95109.58

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

We’re not your typical government agency
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We’re mobilizing the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. At CMHC, we believe that everyone in Canada should have a place to call home.
Experience a Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™)
At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We’ve shifted from managing people to managing work. Each employee is 100% autonomous and 100% accountable. You can choose where you need to be and when you need to be there to meet your objectives. You’re in control of your time and are trusted to make the right decisions.

This position reports to the Analytics team in our Analytics and Chief Data Office (CDO)   within the Chief Information Officer (CIO) sector. This sector leads our digital transformation to accelerate housing affordability.

About the role
Housing matters – to all.  At CMHC, we are constantly evolving to build an inclusive housing system through research, design, innovation, partnerships, and analytics. We believe in the power of data and our analytics experts to continue to grow and foster a data-driven approach to help us to achieve our ambitious goal: by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford and that meets their needs.


We are looking for a Citizen Data Scientist expert with strong analytical and technical skills and big ideas to join our team to support the growth and maturity of the Analytics capability at CMHC.  The Analytics team leverages the wealth of data available to improve and provide valuable insights in support of decision-making and to achieve our strategy.


In this role, you will contribute to the effective delivery of the Analytics portfolio. This includes being involved hands-on in multiple analytic areas and activities from initial concept to deployment while applying best practices in Business Analysis, business acumen and project management. You will be working closely with the project team in the development and implementation of initiatives while helping us make housing affordable for everyone in Canada.
If you are passionate about the power of data, analytics, bringing people together, and are looking for a new challenge, we want to chat with you!


What you will need
• Bachelor’s degree in business administration, statistics, mathematics, computer science, economics or a related field.
• Minimum 5 years of combined experience in business analysis and project management in roles requiring to gather business needs, documenting them, transforming them into solution requirements.
• Excellent business analysis skills with a focus on analytical projects and risk management.
• Strong communication, presentation and influencing skills, including the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles as well as communicating messages at multiple levels in the organization.
• Expertise in identifying business requirements, developing supporting documentation, measurement of success metrics, use cases, and user acceptance testing cases/plans and knowledge transfer sessions.
• Advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills, which drives creativity and innovation.
• Knowledge of the Analytics ecosystem including, business intelligence, data science, modeling techniques, data governance, data storage solutions, data lakes, and application scalability solutions.
• Strong knowledge of analytics and BI tools such as R, Python, Spark, Power BI. Expertise with MS suite including MS project and Visio.
• Knowledge of CRISP-DM or similar methodology
• Strong ability to work on several initiatives simultaneously and work within tight deadlines.


Additional Assets
• Broad understanding of mortgage loan insurance, affordable/social housing programs, real estate and finance.
• Bilingualism
• Master degree


What you will be doing
• Analyze business requirements and contributes to solution design in the context of Analytics portfolio (BI & data science) through requirements elicitation, solutions identification, risk analysis and collaboration across the Lines of Business, CDO and CIO teams.
• Provide expertise for one or more areas of the business through analysis and understanding of business needs; applies a broad knowledge of CMHC programs, policies, and procedures in the proposed Analytical and BI solution and ensures alignment and adherence to governance.
• Provide expertise through all phases of CRISP-DM (gating process), facilitates communication with stakeholders including soliciting feedback / input throughout the development cycle, and develops supporting documentation.
• Develop the analytics artifacts and ensures proper sign-off by stakeholders.
• Contribute to the development of the value realization framework and ensures the implementation of the framework through each initiative under the Analytics portfolio.
• Ensure that a plan for benefits realization of the project is established with baseline measurements captured at the beginning of the project and that benefits achieved are measured at completion of the project.
• Ensure business requirements are met or exceeded by establishing success targets for each initiative.
• Work closely with the project team to monitor progress against defined deliverables, ensuring issues are documented and addressed on a timely manner.
• Escalate issues/barriers and findings to the Advisor, Data Scientist in an effort to improve decision making and drive business performance
• Support the Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACoE) and the Analytics Community of Practice (ACoP) activities in the implementation and adoption of processes, procedures, best practices, standards for data and analytics.
• Ensure adherence to the Program framework and playbook and follows project management guidelines to ensure completion of initiatives within expected time frame.
• Support the project initiation (scoping) and leads information gathering sessions.
• Provide regular reports of the status Advisor, Data Scientist and the Senior Specialist, Project
• Ensure there is a common understanding on progress against targets and budget.
• Make recommendations to mitigate identified risks and to address potential, emerging issues.

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Posting closing date:  September 28, 2020 @ 11:59 pm EST (Note, the competition may remain active until filled)


Job Requisition ID: 5011  

Primary Location: OttawaOntario  

Other Location(s):  

Security Requirement: Reliability Status 

Travel Requirement: Travel not required 


We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
CMHC is an employer that values diversity and encourages the learning and use of both Canada's official languages. CMHC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages application from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities
*If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

Learn more below about CMHC and how we help Canadians meet their housing needs.